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Julie Springer: Inner Visions: Women in Interior Settings in American Paintings and Novels at the Turn of the 20th Century

March 3, 30 at 1:00 p.m.
(90 minutes)
West Building Lecture Hall

This presentation will explore the interior setting in American painting as a metaphor for the moods and conditions of art. Paintings of beautifully decorated rooms, typically occupied by leisure-class women, evoke complex associations with refinement, ideals of femininity, and the condition of solitude that artistic sensibility requires. This talk will include excerpts from period novels addressing similar themes and presenting stream-of-consciousness narratives that emphasize characters’ thoughts over external realities.

Suggested Readings:

The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton (1881) (any edition)
The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James (1881) (any edition)

Joseph Rodefer DeCamp, The Seamstress, 1916, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Corcoran Collection (Museum Purchase, Gallery Fund), 2014.136.10

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